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Prediction recap: Jakub Vrana to the rescue

Prediction recap: Jakub Vrana to the rescue

The Capitals defeated the New Jersey Devils 1-0 on Thursday setting a franchise record for consecutive wins at home with 14.

Here’s a recap of the three bold predictions.

1. The Caps will trail after the first period - Wrong

Washington indeed looked a little sleepy after a 0-0 first period, but New Jersey sure didn’t put up much of a fight either. In fact, the Devils barely put up a fight at all with only 15 shots on goal for the entire game. They seemed content to force overtime from the opening face off. Bold strategy, Cotton.

RELATED: Caps set franchise record with unsightly win

2. Kevin Shattenkirk will not register a point – Correct

Shattenkirk was held off the scoresheet despite playing a team-high 21:24 including 7:23 on the power play. After the game, I wrote about how seamless his transition has been thus far and how much trust Barry Trotz already seems to have in him. He looks right at home, but I am still taking the point for being right.

3. Jakub Vrana will score – Boom!

Sometimes you get a prediction right and sometimes you nail it. This was the latter. Vrana didn’t just score on Thursday, he scored the only goal of the entire game. In what was a very sleepy contest, Vrana was one of the few players who jumped off the ice at you almost every time he was on the puck. When he scored in the third period, I wasn’t surprised at all. That’s not because of my prediction, it’s just because of the way he played all night.

2017 results: If you ignore my results for the year and just look at how I did Thursday, it looks like I actually know what I’m doing.

Correct: 25
Wrong: 46.5
Push: 3

MORE CAPITALS: Tarik El-Bashir on Jakub Vrana's speed against the Devils

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Preseason Game 4: Capitals vs. Hurricanes, date, time, TV channel, live stream, game thread

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Preseason Game 4: Capitals vs. Hurricanes, date, time, TV channel, live stream, game thread

What: Washington Capitals vs. Carolina Hurricanes

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.

When: 7:00 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Capitals vs. Hurricanes will be broadcast on CSN Mid-Atlantic. (CSN channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals vs. Hurricanes game on CSN's live stream page.

WHEN IS THE CAPITALS-HURRICANES GAME?

The Capitals take on the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday, September 23, at 7:00 p.m. ET

WHAT CHANNEL IS THE CAPITALS-HURRICANES GAME ON?

The Capitals vs. Hurricanes game will be broadcast on CSN Mid-Atlantic at 7:00 p.m. ET with Capitals Extra recapping all the action following the game. (CSN channel Finder)

WHERE CAN I STREAM THE CAPITALS-HURRICANES GAME?

The Capitals vs. Hurricanes game is available to stream live through CSN's live stream page and is available to authenticated NBC Sports subscribers on desktops, tablets, mobile devices and connected TVs anywhere in the United States.

CAPITALS-HURRICANES OPEN THREAD

Use the comment section below to discuss the game action with other Capitals fans. 

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Barry Trotz has some tough words for the Caps' defensive prospects following Friday's loss

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Barry Trotz has some tough words for the Caps' defensive prospects following Friday's loss

From the outside looking in, there wasn’t much on the line in the Capitals’ preseason game on Friday against the St. Louis Blues. Washington’s 4-0 loss won't hurt them in the standings, it won't hurt their playoff or Stanley Cup hopes.

But for many of the players, especially several of the defensive prospects, Friday’s game mattered a whole lot. That's what made it so disappointing.

“We didn’t have a lot of skin in the game there,” Barry Trotz told reporters following the loss.

RELATED: TYLER GRAOVAC IS THE SILVER LINING IN AN UGLY LOSS TO BLUES

Assuming the Capitals keep seven defensemen on their roster this season, there are two open spots on the blue line that players are competing for. Friday’s game offered Lucas Johansen, Christian Djoos, Aaron Ness and Tyler Lewington, who played with veterans John Carlson and Taylor Chorney, a chance to take the lead in the roster competition.

But they, along with the rest of the team, ultimately fell flat.

“It's one of those things where you come out flat in first two periods, you can't really expect to win a hockey game,” Ness said. “Your goalie's trying to make so many saves … it’s kind of unexcusable [sic] to do that to them in the first two.”

It was a rough game and a missed opportunity.

When asked if any of the defensemen had separated themselves, Trotz slowly shook his head and said, “No, not really.”

When asked if that was disappointing, he said, “Depending which way you look at it, I guess. Some guys have separated themselves in a positive way a little bit more than others and some more of a negative way. They'll figure it out. It plays out, we're just watching. I'm not too happy with our effort tonight. … I thought [the] group that was in Montreal was pretty solid. They came to play. Tonight we just didn't.”

That’s a damning statement considering Montreal’s game featured other defensemen competing for a spot such as Madison Bowey, Connor Hobbs, Jyrki Jokipakka, Jonas Siegenthaler and Colby Williams.

Clearly Wednesday's squad left an impression on Trotz. Friday's team left a much different, more disappointing one.

MORE CAPITALS:  LET'S TALK ABOUT HOW THE DEFENSE DID AGAINST ST. LOUIS